The Catalyst family of modular and fixed managed switches offers speed and control at the access, aggregation, and backbone levels of converged IP voice, HD video, and high bandwidth data networks for businesses that range from small businesses and branches to multi-campus enterprises and service providers. Progent's Cisco-certified CCIE consultants offer remote and onsite expertise with Catalyst family switches to help you to design an efficient network architecture that meets your specific business needs, set up proof-of-concept testing systems, deploy Catalyst switches, implement and validate a sound security plan, automate system management and monitoring, deliver troubleshooting and support services, maximize switch capacity, and configure Catalyst's fault-tolerant technology for near-zero downtime.

Progent can help you to manage and troubleshoot your legacy Catalyst switches or upgrade efficiently to the latest models of Catalyst switches following leading practices to make sure that you receive the highest business value from your investment in your IT infrastructure.

The demand for smart, fast switching is the result 0f a confluence of relatively new computing trends whose net impact is a cyber avalanche of data:

  • Cloud and Internet of Things networking and an associated demand for massive network virtualization
  • The proliferation of always-connected mobile devices
  • Bandwidth-intensive HD video applications
  • Social business technologies
  • The rise of Big Data in analytics
  • Ever more sophisticated cyberattacks like ransomware
Private, public and hybrid clouds are only operationally realistic because of network virtualization. Virtualized data centers slash costs by allowing aggressively high hardware utilization and demanding minimal real estate and power consumption. However this also requires that relatively limited network resources must support substantial amounts of data. The Bring-Your-Own-Device (BYOD) paradigm has caused a steep increase in the amount of mobile clients that have be handled by IT networks, and these users run a high percentage of bandwidth-intensive, HD video apps. Social media for business is replacing traditional email as the main enabler of collaboration and is producing an ever increasing requirement for bandwidth. Businesses who are trying to remain competitive are resorting to Big Data techniques to mine enormous and varied silos of information, which as a result produces Big Network Traffic. These computing trends are relatively new, and combined they cause a critical need for a new class of switches that feature much higher capacity, control, uptime and manageability than older solutions were built to provide.

Cisco's current lineup of Catalyst switches are designed for the distribution/core levels of enterprise campus environments where office workers must be supported with predictable high speed, secure client access control, careful group isolation, application awareness, and wired/wireless convergence. Catalyst series switches address the need for performance and intelligence with capabilities such as high-density 10G/40G/100G support, switching performance more than 25T for each appliance, a powerful collection of technologies such as Easy Virtual Network (EVN) to simplify the creation of VLANs, VSS technology for stateful failover with subsecond backup switch recovery and "five nines" (99.999%) uptime, IPv6 capability, Application Visibility and Control to maximize system resource usage, and sophisticated Quality of Service (QoS) capabilities for critical data control.

Catalyst Switches Consulting and Troubleshooting

Cisco Has Developed Catalyst Switches for Businesses of All Sizes

Cisco Catalyst switches allow organizations of any size to build intelligent switching and routing features into their network infrastructure, deploying an ecosystem that can handle current requirements, scale to accommodate expected growth, protect sensitive data, and separate and manage processes to enhance network operations.

Catalyst 1000 Series Fixed Ethernet Switches
Catalyst 1000 Family Switches ConsultantsCisco's Catalyst 1000 Series access switches are small form factor, fixed-configuration switches intended for smaller businesses and branch offices with up to 250 users and with little if any internal IT expertise. Cisco's Catalyst 1000 Series includes fanless versions for silent operation within an office venue. Mounting kits include desktop, wall or shelf mount, standard rack mount, and DIN rail mount. Designed as an easy replacement for Cisco Catalyst 2960-L or 2960-Plus deployments, Cisco's Catalyst 1000 portfolio includes versions with 8 to 48 Gigabit Ethernet ports or 24 to 48 Fast Ethernet 10/100M Mbps ports.

Catalyst Series 1000 configuration and management are easy using a web interface or CLI, cybersecurity is enterprise-grade, and PoE+ ports with a dynamically allocated power budget of 740W allows a wide range of Internet of Things deployments. As many as eight Catalyst 1000 Gbit Ethernet model switches can be managed at once with single IP. All Catalyst 1000 appliances are line-rate switches, and all are powered by Cisco's familiar IOS operating system software. QoS capabilities include egress queues on every port plus priority queuing to deliver optimized performance for data, IP voice, and video data. Catalyst 1000 switches also offer Shaped Round Robin (SRR) scheduling and Weighted Tail Drop (WTD) congestion avoidance.

Cisco Catalyst 9000 Fixed and Modular Managed Switches
The Cisco Catalyst 9000 family of switches offers modular and fixed appliances and can support all deployment scenarios including access, aggregation, and core switching. The Catalyst 9000 series offers switches with the right value proposition to connect people and things in environments ranging from small businesses and branches to global enterprises. Catalyst 9000 Series products can be configured to support any combination of local deployments, private/public clouds, and hybrid networks. Unified network management utilities and advanced cybersecurity solutions lower cost of ownership by saving time and safeguarding critical network assets. Cisco's 9000X series of switches provide converged switching/routing, introducing the first combination of 400G QSFP-DD ports along with full mGig Ethernet and PoE ports.

Cisco Catalyst 9000 Fixed and Modular Switches Experts

Cisco Catalyst 9000 Switches Are Designed for a Hybrid World

Catalyst 9200 Switches ConsultantsWith double the stacking bandwidth at about half the cost of the legacy Cisco Catalyst 2960-X and 2960-XR switches they are intended to replace, Catalyst 9200 Series switches are a compelling network upgrade for small branches and midsize campus deployments. The Catalyst 9200 portfolio includes models that support 24 or 48 ports with full PoE+; 80-160 Gbps stacking performance; streaming telemetry; and Layer 3 capabilities that include OSPF Interior Gateway Protocol, EIGP distance routing protocol, IS-IS, and RIP. Catalyst 9200 Series switches run the Cisco IOS XE operating system.

The Catalyst 9200 delivers 160-Gbps stacking performance, features onsite-replaceable redundant power supplies and fans, and accepts add-in interface modules with 4x1G, 4x1/10G, 2x25G, or 2x40G uplink. Cisco's Catalyst 9200 Enhanced VN switch supports as many as 32 Virtual Networks and delivers 160-Gbps stacking bandwidth. The Catalyst 9200L delivers 80-Gbps backplane stacking throughput. Both the Catalyst 9200L multigigabit and the Catalyst 9200 multigigabit support wireless performance tuning with 8 or 12 multigigabit ports up to 10G.

Catalyst 9300 Switches ConsultantsCatalyst 9300 Series switches are fixed, stackable units for high-density access switching. Advanced capabilities provided with models in the Catalyst 9300 product line include 1T backplane stacking bandwidth, stackable SFP fiber, up to 448 multigigabit Ethernet ports and 288 ports of 90W UPOE+ with an 8-unit configuration, end-to-end IPsec with AES-256 Encryption and performance as high as 100G, high-availability redundant fans and power, plus data stack and StackPower cables compatible across the entire Catalyst 9300 product line.

Based on the Cisco IOS XE operating system, appliances in the Catalyst 9300 family offer automated device provisioning, API-based configuration, high-granularity visibility for near realtime monitoring, and transparent software updates and patching. Security features include Encrypted Traffic Analytics (ETA) along with AES-256 MACsec and IPSec encryption, and Cisco Trust Anchor Technologies with Secure Boot. Cloud security is strengthened because Catalyst 9300 Series switches have the ability to host the Cisco Umbrella agent directly. This makes it possible for organizations to customize their DNS policies at user or group level to block BYOD or IoT clients from visiting dangerous websites.

The entry-level Cisco Catalyst 9300L switch features up to 320G stacking throughput and offers 12 100M/1G/2.5G/5G/10G ports and 36 10M/100M/1G ports. The 9300L utilizes fixed rather than modular uplink hardware for 4 1G, 4 10G, or 2 40G ports. The Cisco Catalyst 9300 appliance features 480G of stacking capacity and supports 48 100M/1G/2.5G/5Gbps ports, 24 100M/1G/2.5G/5G/10Gbps ports, or 48 1G SFP ports. Modular uplink speeds supported are 1G, 10G, 25G, or 40G. The high-end Cisco Catalyst 9300X appliance provides up to 1Tbps stacking performance and offers 48 10G ports. The 9300X accepts modular uplinks with dual-rate 100G/40G, multirate 25G/10G/1G, or multigigabit. Cisco 90W UPOE+ supports dense IoT applications. Cisco offers hardware to support 100G IPsec.

Cisco Catalyst 9400 Switches ConsultantsCisco's Catalyst 9400 Series appliances are modular switches powered by the Cisco IOS XE operating system and intended for midsize and enterprise campus access deployments. Offering double the performance and over quadruple the chassis bandwidth as the Catalyst 6500 it is designed to replace, Cisco's Catalyst 9400 family brings switch capability into the current era of networking impelled by security, mobility, IoT, and cloud.

Catalyst 9400 switches are offered with 4-slot, 7-slot, and 10-slot chassis. Two of the slots on each chassis are dedicated to redundant supervisor cards, making 2, 5, or 8 slots available for line cards. Maximum capacity per line-card slot is 480 Gbps. Switching performance can reach 1.44 Terabits per second and forwarding performance on Supervisor Module is as high as 9 Tbps with the 10-slot chassis. All Catalyst 9400 chassis offer 90W UPOE+ on every port, secure segmentation with Software-Defined Access and N+N/N+1 power redundancy for high resilience. The Catalyst 9400 4-slot switch supports 96 10/100/1000 ports, 5G/10G multigigabit ports, or 10G SFP+ ports. The Catalyst 9400 7-slot switch supports 240 ports, and the Catalyst 9400 10-slot supports 384 ports. All Catalyst 9400 models can support 2 non-blocking 40G QSFP uplinks and up to 8 non-blocking 10 Gigabit SFP+ uplinks.

Cisco Catalyst 9500 Switches ExpertsThe Catalyst 9500 family includes fixed core and edge services switches intended for the enterprise campus. Catalyst 9500 switches are based on Cisco IOS XE and the the family incorporates the first infrastructure technology to deliver switching speeds higher than 25 Terabits per second.

Cisco's Catalyst 9500 appliances provide up to 6.4 Tbps switching capacity with forwarding throughput up to 2 Billion Packet per Second. Catalyst 9500 appliances can provide up to 32 nonblocking 100 GB QSFP28 optical ports, 32 nonblocking 40G QSFP+ ports, 48 nonblocking 25 Gigabit SFP28 ports, or 48 nonblocking 10G ports. You can deploy Multichassis EtherChannel (MEC) across StackWise-Virtual members for high availability.

Catalyst 9500X products can provide up to 25.6 Terabits per second switching capacity with up to 2 Bpps forwarding speed. Catalyst 9500X models support up to 28 nonblocking 40/100 GB QSFP28 optical ports or 8 nonblocking 40/100/200/400 G QSFP-DD ports. The 9500X product line also includes hardware capability for line-rate 256-bit 802.1AE MACsec and WAN-MACsec1 data encryption.

Cisco Catalyst 9600 Switches ConsultantsCisco's Catalyst 9600 Series switches are modular core and distribution switches for the enterprise campus. The 6-slot 9600 Series chassis loaded with a Catalyst 9600X Series Supervisor has switching capacity as high as 25.6 Tbps and can contain up to 256 nonblocking 10/25/50 Gigabit ports, 96 nonblocking 40/100G G ports, or 8 nonblocking 200/400 G QSFP-DD ports. The Catalyst 9600 switch also supports dual-rate 40G/100G and 10G/25G optics. Two chassis slots are dedicated for redundant supervisors. You can mix and match a variety of line cards for core and aggregation environments. The chassis uses a passive backplane, so you can change out fan tray, power supplies, and line cards without disrupting operation.

Legacy Catalyst Products Supported by Progent
Progent's Cisco CCIE-certified consultants have extensive experience delivering remote and onsite support expertise for older Catalyst switches which have reached End of Life or End of Support. These outdated switches often are more expensive to operate and support than current switches, provide less capacity and functionality, and for some situations may subject organizations to regulatory compliance and liability issues. Progent's consultants are available to assist your business to maintain and repair these older Cisco products and can also assist you to design and implement seamless migrations to current products within the Catalyst family or to devices from the Cisco Nexus portfolio of switches which build upon Catalyst design experience.

Catalyst Express 500 Series Switches
Cisco Catalyst Express 500 Series Switches Professional ServicesCisco's Catalyst Express 500 and 520 family of fixed-configuration switches are intended for businesses with as many as 250 workers and provide the reliability, security, extensibility, and feature set small and mid-sized businesses require at an economical cost. PoE support makes it simple to install network appliances like wireless access points and IP cameras.

Versions of the Cisco Catalyst Express 500 and 520 managed switches offer from 8 to 24 10/100/1000BT Ethernet ports plus optional backup power with automatic fail-over for additional dependability. Integration with Cisco access points helps businesses to set up a local wireless environment rapidly and effectively. The Catalyst Express 500 and 520 family provides solid security against malicious attacks With the Cisco Self-Defending Network technology and Clean Access agents. Cisco Catalyst 2940 Switch
Cisco 2900 Series Switches SupportCatalyst 2900 fixed-configuration, managed Ethernet switches offer basic workgroup connectivity for small to midsize organizations. These wire-speed desktop switches offer Cisco IOS Software features for basic mixed-media traffic services at the network edge. The Catalyst 2940 Series fixed-configuration switches are compact, stackable switches featuring eight Ethernet connections plus a single built-in Fast Ethernet or Gigabit uplink. They can be installed away from the wiring closet in space-constrained office spaces such as on or under a user's desk or in a classroom.

Catalyst 2960-S Switch
The Catalyst 2960-S Series are fixed-configuration switches designed for small businesses and branches. Current models offer 24 or 48 1Gb Ethernet ports, four 1GE or two 10-GB Ethernet uplink ports, and provide throughput as high as 176 Gbps. Cisco's FlexStack feature permits as many as four Catalyst 2960-S switches to be combined in a FlexStack stack to perform like one switch that provides 40 Gbps of stacking bandwidth and that cuts administrative expense with single-switch configuration. IPv6 FHS technology guards networks against IPv6 address interception and malicious threats.

Catalyst 3560 Family Switches
Cisco 3560 Family Switches HelpThe Catalyst 3560 family is a selection of non-modular switches that includes IEEE 802.3af and Cisco Power over Ethernet capability in Fast Ethernet and Gigabit Ethernet configurations. The Cisco Catalyst 3560 switch is an ideal Layer 2 switch for midsize business LAN access or satellite-office environments, combining both 10/100/1000 and Power over Ethernet (PoE) options for high efficiency while facilitating the installation of key applications such a Voice over IP, Wi-Fi, video monitoring, and remote video kiosks. IT managers can deploy comprehensive intelligent services such as quality of service, rate limiting, access control lists (ACLs), multicast administration, and fast IP routing with the ease of traditional LAN switching.

The Cisco Catalyst 3560 switch offers a powerful set of capabilities that allow for network expandability and higher resilience through IP routing plus a full suite of Spanning Tree Protocol improvements designed to increase throughput in an access Layer network. Improvements to the conventional STP Protocol, including Per-VLAN Spanning Tree Plus (PVST+), Uplink Fast, and Port Fast, combined with innovations such as Flex Links interfaces, improve network uptime. Per-VLAN Spanning Tree Plus supports Layer 2 load sharing on backup links to exploit the additional capacity associated with a redundant design.

Important technologies such as Open Shortest Path First (OPSF), Enhanced Interior Gateway Routing Protocol, Border Gateway Protocol (BGP), and Policy Based Routing improve network scale; PIM helps improve resource utilization; and Virtual Route Forwarding Lite protects network traffic.

Cisco Catalyst 3750 Series Switches
Cisco 3750 Series Switches ConsultingFor midsized businesses and corporate branch offices, Cisco's Catalyst 3750 switch simplifies deployment of converged technologies and accommodates changing competitive needs by providing setup versatility, ability to manage unified network traffic, and automatic set up of intelligent system services. Also, the Cisco Catalyst 3750 switch is designed for high-volume 1000 Ethernet deployments and incorporates a diverse range of switches that meet the access, distribution, and backbone-connectivity demands of small or mid-size deployments.

Cisco's Catalyst 3750 Series has either the IP Base image or the Services image. The IP Base image features include advanced QoS, rate-management, ACLs, and basic static and Routing Information Protocol routing support. The IP Services image provides a broader set of enterprise-level features, including advanced built-in IP unicast and multicast routing.

StackWise technology is a stacking architecture designed for Gigabit interfaces. StackWise is designed to respond to installs, deletions, and redeployments while providing predictable performance. StackWise technology unites up to nine separate switches into a single logical device, using special stack-interconnect cables and stacking utilities. Each of the switches can be any combination of Cisco's Catalyst 3750 switches and the Catalyst 3750-E Series. The stack operates as a single switching device that is managed by a master switch, elected from among the member switches. The control switch intelligently creates and updates all the switching and user-selected routing tables. A running stack can accept new devices or remove existing switches without service interruption.

Catalyst 2960 Swiches and Catalyst 3560-CX Switches
Catalyst 2900 Series Switches Integration and TroubleshootingCisco's Catalyst 2960-CX is a fixed-configuration managed switch that is compact, fanless, power efficient, and includes flexible mounting options. The Catalyst 2960-CX incorporates eight 10/100/1000 Ethernet ports and two 1-GE uplink ports and has an option for Power over Ethernet (PoE). Cisco's Catalyst 3560-CX is a fixed-port managed switch housed in a compact, noiseless and low-power unit that can be placed almost anywhere outside a wiring closet. Models are available with eight or 12 1-GE ports or with six 10/100/1000 Ethernet ports plus 2 multigigabit ports. Up to four uplinks are available, and PoE+ power is also available.

Catalyst 2900-L Switches ConsultingCisco's Catalyst 2960-L line includes value-priced fixed-port managed switches designed for branch offices, retail areas, and other places where space is limited. These compact switches include 8 to 48 Gigabit Ethernet ports and 2 or 4 SFP uplink ports. Power over Ethernet support saves space and fanless operation for most versions does away with noise. RJ-45 interfaces handle 10BASE-T, 100BASE-TX, 1000BASE-T and 1000BASE-T SFP-based ports.

Catalyst 2960-X and Catalyst 2960-XR switches improve on the 2690-S line of switches by offering switching performance of 216 Gbps and providing Cisco's FlexStack-Plus stacking technology via a live-swappable plug-in that allows 8 Catalyst switches in a stack with 80 Gbps of stacking throughput. Cisco Catalyst 2900 family switches also work with NetFlow-Lite for conserving forwarding data for analysis. Cisco's Catalyst 2960-XR switch features Layer 3 dynamic routing, offering the simplicity of using a single device for L2 and L3 routing.

Cisco Catalyst 3650 and 3850 Series Switches
Catalyst 3650 Switch and 3850 Series Switches ConsultantsCisco Catalyst 3650 and Catalyst 3850 switches are fixed-configuration, stackable access devices powered by Cisco's IOS XE control software and incorporating full wireless network controller capability that lets you converge wired and wireless infrastructure on a one platform managed by one OS. Cisco offers versions with either 24 or 48 10/100/1000 Ethernet connections with PoE+, four 1GE or four 10-GB Ethernet uplinks, and capacity for up to 9 switches in a FlexStack stack. All models offer modular Quality of Service, fast failover for high uptime, support in software for IPv4/IPv6 routing, multicast, and advanced security.

Because wireless data traffic is visible at the Catalyst 3000 family switch, it is possible to identify and assign priorities to wireless data with Cisco's Flexible NetFlow (FNF) solution along with advanced Quality of Service capabilities for an improved user experience and faster problem isolation. Fast Ethernet switching supports the high-throughput called for by the latest 802.11ac Wave 2 wireless specification on currently in-place cabling infrastructure. (For information about Progent's support for Cisco's 802.11ac Aironet Wi-Fi access points and wireless controllers, and Cisco's Meraki cloud-managed access points, refer to Planning and Deployment Consulting Services for Cisco Wireless Products.)

The Catalyst 3650 switch delivers stacking bandwidth of up to 160 Gbps and can control as many as 25 Wi-Fi access points and 1000 wireless clients on each stack. The Catalyst 3850 Series switch offers stacking bandwidth as high as 480 Gbps and supports as many as 50 Wi-Fi APs and 2000 wireless clients per stack. Cisco Catalyst 3850 SFP Fiber Switches incorporate 12 or 24 1G fiber connections at line rate, providing far reaching connectivity, advanced protection, and a consistent wired/wireless user experience.

Cisco Catalyst 4500-E Series and Catalyst 4500-X Series Switches
Cisco's Catalyst 4500-E and and Cisco Catalyst 4500-X Series switches are intended for campus access and distribution environments where space for infrastructure equipment is at a premium. Running Cisco's IOS XE OS software, the 4500-E and Catalyst 4500-X product lines simplify virtualization by supporting Cisco's Easy Virtual Network and Virtual Switching System technologies. Virtualization makes it possible to divide a hardware network into multiple virtual networks whose data and control planes are logically separate. This makes possible the high resource utilization, security and compliance, resilience, and ease of management required for Cloud environments or other scenarios where a common infrastructure must be shared by applications and services that must run in total isolation from each other. EVN simplifies the process of creating virtual networks and scales to 32 VNs per switch. EVN incorporates the capabilities of Multi-virtual routing and forwarding (VRF) and provides new features including VNET Tags and a simple way for duplicating replicating routes connecting VNs. VSS makes it possible to configure Catalyst 4500-E and Catalyst 4500-X Series platforms to create non-stop virtual networks with advanced traffic load balancing.

Cisco Catalyst 4500-E Switches
Cisco Catalyst 4500-E Family Switches Consulting FirmThe Supervisor Engine 8-E for the Catalyst 4500-E modular switch includes a built-in wireless controller that supports Cisco's Unified Access technology for wired and wireless convergence. this is the initial Catalyst supervisor engine to allow wired plus wireless services on one switch based on IOS XE. Technologies include Cisco's FNF solution for capacity planning across both wired and wireless networks, TrustSec/SGT2 wired/wireless data security, identical QoS for wired and Wi-Fi networks, and the extension of Nonstop Forwarding with Stateful Switchover to cover Wi-Fi traffic for enterprise-quality high availability.

Offered in chassis that have from three to 10 slots, Cisco Catalyst 4500-E Series switches with Supervisor 8-E can support up to 384 1-Gigabit Ethernet ports, up to 192 1GE non-blocking fiber connections, 96 10GE fiber connections, and eight 10GE uplink ports. Cisco's Supervisor Engine 8-E delivers as much as 928 Gbps of wired capacity for each system and up to 20 Gbps of wireless termination capacity. 50 Wi-Fi APs and 2000 wireless clients can be supported on each chassis, and 250 wireless access points and 4000 wireless clients can be managed in a two-switch deployment without a standalone wireless controller.

Catalyst 4500-X Switches
Catalyst 4500-X Series Switches Consulting FirmCisco's Catalyst 4500-X Series switches are fixed 10GE aggregation switches that can provide as much as 800 Gbps of core switching capacity per device. The Catalyst 4500-X switch supports up to 32 10-Gigabit Ethernet ports on the baseboard and eight extra 10-Gigabit Ethernet ports on the optional expansion module for a total of 40 10-Gigabit Ethernet ports. Eight 10GE uplinks are available with a separate module. In addition to offering zero-downtime performance and easy management, Cisco's VSS technology on Catalyst 4500-X Series switches provides higher system performance of as much as 1.6 Tbps by enabling all available bandwidth across redundant Catalyst 4500-X Series switches. Additional advanced features include Cisco's FNF technology for application visibility, Cisco TrustSec security, and fast, hardware-based IPv6 forwarding.

Cisco Catalyst 6500 Series and Cisco Catalyst 6800 Series Switches
Cisco Catalyst 6500 Series and Cisco Catalyst 6800 switches are campus core platforms that share the proven DNA of the Cisco Catalyst 6500 family of switches, which first appeared over a dozen years ago and which have been continually improved since then. Cisco Catalyst 6500 and Catalyst 6800 switches offer identical general features and operation, and the modular Catalyst 6807-XL supports the Catalyst 6500 Supervisor Engine 2T and its extensive family of compatible line cards and modules. This mutual compatibility and program of ongoing enhancement preserves your IT investment and allows you to update your network backbone with minimal downtime or management staff retraining.

Common attributes of Catalyst 6500 Series and Catalyst 6800 modular switches equipped with the Supervisor Engine 2T include Cisco's ISE technology for convenient, single-point management to ensure consistent policy across a distributed network, Virtual Switching System capability for maximum availability via multi-level switchover, and Cisco's LISP protocol to support client roaming and mobility and to simplify virtualization and transition to IPv6. Additional virtual networking tools to segment specific client groups and serve the special security/compliance and Quality of Service policy requirements of each group include Layer 2 and Layer 3 VPN, complete Multiprotocol Label Switching, Easy Virtual Network, VPN Routing and Forwarding-aware applications for Network Address Translation NetFlow, IPv6 over IPv4 GRE Tunnels, and Layer 2 geographic extensions with virtual private LAN services. For converged wired/wireless environments, the WiSM2 controller Catalyst 6500 Series and Cisco Catalyst 6800 Series modular switches includes support for 1000 wireless APs and 15,000 wireless users.

Catalyst 6500-E Switches
Catalyst 6500 Series Switches Consulting and TroubleshootingThe Catalyst 6500-E line of modular switches are intended for distribution and campus core environments that need world-class uptime and high concentrations of 1 Gigabit Ethernet, 1 Gigabit Ethernet fiber, or 10 and 40 GE access ports. Available versions have three to 13 slots and accept a wide range of interfaces. Integrated service modules enable wireless management, network monitoring, and security. Only E-Series models of Cisco's extensive line of Catalyst 6500 switches are compatible with Cisco's Supervisor Engine 2T.

The value-priced Cisco Catalyst 6503-E switch has a 4 rack unit (4RU) form factor, holds 3 expansion slots, and delivers 180 Gbps of switching bandwidth per slot. The Cisco Catalyst 6503-E switch supports 97 1-Gigabit Ethernet ports, up to 99 1GE fiber connections, 34 10GE ports, and 8 40GE access ports.

The high-end Catalyst 6513-E switch has a 19 rack unit, 13-slot chassis and can deliver up to 180 Gbps of throughput per slot, providing a total system capacity as high as 4 Tbps. A Virtual Switching System configured system can handle up to 8 Tbps of bandwidth. The Catalyst 6513-E switch can support a maximum of 529 10/100/1000 Ethernet connections, up to 534 1GE fiber connections, up to 180 10GE ports, and up to 44 40GE access ports.

Cisco Catalyst 6800 Switches
Catalyst 6800 Family Switches Planning and Support ServicesCatalyst 6800 Series switches are programmable backbone platforms intended to deliver optimal 10/40/100 GE services. The Catalyst 6880-X switch is a fixed, small form factor platform for high-density Ethernet designed for small or medium-size campus cores. The Catalyst 6880-X switch delivers as much as 2 Tbps switching capacity and has four slots for plug-in port cards. The maximum port concentration per chassis is 80 1 Gigabit Ethernet ports or 10-Gigabit Ethernet access ports or up to 20 40GE connections. With Cisco's Virtual Switching System, a two-chassis system can provide 4 Tbps switching throughput and handle as many as 158 1 Gigabit Ethernet access ports or 10GE ports or as many as 20 40-Gigabit Ethernet access ports.

The modular Cisco Catalyst 6807-XL switch comes in a 10-rack-unit chassis that has 7 expansion slots and supports standard Supervisor Engine 2T line cards and service modules. (Two slots are for the Supervisor Engine and five are for modules.) The Cisco Catalyst 6807-XL offers as much as 880 Gbps of switching bandwidth on each slot and up to 11.4 Tbps of switching capacity while supporting up to 240 1 Gigabit Ethernet ports or 1GE fiber ports, 80 10-Gigabit Ethernet connections or 20 40-Gigabit Ethernet ports. an 6807-XL system configured with Cisco's Virtual Switching System is capable of supporting 22.8 Tbps of switching bandwidth, 480 1 Gigabit Ethernet access ports or 1GE fiber connections, up to 160 10GE connections or 40 40GE ports.

Ways That Progent Can Help Your Business with Catalyst Series Switches
Progent offers the online or on-premises expertise of CCIE-certified consultants who have extensive backgrounds providing Catalyst switch support for small and medium sized organizations, branch offices, enterprise campuses, data centers, Cloud environments, and service providers. Progent's areas of expertise include Catalyst and Nexus lines of managed switches and Cisco's IOS and NX-OS operating systems. Support services offered by Progent's experts for Cisco Catalyst switches include proof-of-concept testing, network analysis and monitoring, topology planning, upgrades and project management, network virtualization, wired and wireless unification, network management, capacity planning, troubleshooting, disaster recovery preparedness, and IT security and compliance testing and verification.

Progent offers broad expertise with industry standards and with proprietary Cisco protocols and technologies associated with switching and routing such as BGP, MPLS traffic engineering, PIM, VPNs, Spanning-Tree Protocol, VLANs, FabricPath, VPC, HSRP, Virtual Router Redundancy Protocol, Open Shortest Path First (OSPF), VSS, and Locator/ID Separation Protocol (LISP). Progent's infrastructure specialists also have familiarity with crucial technologies such as TCP/IP, IPv4/IPv6, EIGRP, Routing Information Protocol (RIP), and IGMP. Progent's CISSP-ISSAP certified data security and compliance consultants can assist you to create a comprehensive security strategy and implement Catalyst switches so that they provide maximum enforcement to your network security posture.

In case you need the highest available Ethernet density or sub-microsecond latency switches for an enterprise-class data center, Progent can help you to analyze, plan, and carry out a transition to Nexus Series switches. To learn about Progent's consulting and support services for Nexus Series switches, see Nexus Switch configuration and support services available from Progent. Progent can also help you to integrate Catalyst data center switches with Meraki distribution switches. (See Cisco Meraki switch integration consultants.)

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